Product: Today we are discussing Kate Somerville ExfoliKate Intensive Exfoliating Treatment.
Overall Rating = 3.25 Stars – Good +
Cost: $85 for 2 oz ($42.50 per ounce) Price Category: Expensive
Description: ExfoliKate is another widely-reviewed beauty product that most people rave about. This is my first review for a dedicated exfoliate rather than a daily cleanser that may or may not also have exfoliating properties. This is intended to be used in addition to a daily cleanser once or twice a week. This is not a daily cleansing product.
Exfoliation is an important step in any beauty regime. Your body is constantly producing new skin cells and sloughing off the old, dead cells. The average life of a skin cell is about a month. Exfoliation can be accomplished in one of three manners:
- Chemical exfoliation – A chemical substance will dissolve the outer skin cells revealing new skin beneath. These chemicals, typically lactic or fruit acids, do not contain any physical abrasives such as scrubbing granules or grains. Depending upon the strength of the chemicals only the top layer of the epidermis will be affected, or in the case of a chemical peel from a physician, the penetration will be much deeper.
- Physical exfoliation – An exfoliate will contain some sort of physical material that literally scratches or scrubs the dead skin cells away just as sandpaper refinishes furniture. This includes salts, scrubs, sugars, loofahs, brushes, and rough washcloths.
- Mechanical physical exfoliation – This will be accomplished by tools that produce vibration and/or suction in combination with an abrasive element. They typically utilize diamond-dust or similar implements that remove the dead skin. These treatments are usually performed by a dermatologist or esthetician, although there are home units that can accomplish this task and I will be reviewing one in the future.
Personally, I prefer chemical exfoliation to physical exfoliation. Harsh scrubbing granules or grains typically irritate my sensitive skin, however they do work wonders for cleaning pores. I also find that most people get too enthusiastic with abrasive scrubs and tend to scrub too hard which can actually damage your skin.
The reason exfoliation is so important is that any product that you put on top of your skin will not penetrate and produce effective results if you have dead skin cells on the surface. You are wasting your money on expensive serums, moisturizers, and anti-aging products if you are not also exfoliating on a regular basis.
Morning Review: ExfoliKate has a very strong, spicy scent. Reviewing the ingredients I’m assuming this is due to bergamot fruit oil (found in Earl Grey tea) and cinnamomum cassia leaf (cinnamon) oil. It is a dark army-green kind of color and is pretty gross looking. (Who cares if it works, right?) ExfoliKate contains both a chemical exfoliating ingredient, lactic acid, and a physical exfoliating ingredient, silica. It definitely feels scratchy and abrasive on the back of my hand.
Due to my extremely sensitive skin I began gently with this product and only used a small amount on half of my face to test for any negative reactions before slathering it all over my entire face. The cinnamon oil causes a slight tingling and burning sensation. It definitely left my skin feeling smoother and my skin does not feel irritated. I always worry if something is tingling or burning that my skin is screaming, “danger, danger”. So far, so good.
Morning Rating = 3 Stars
Evening Review: At the end of the day my skin did not feel tight and I did not have any allergic reactions or breakouts on the side where I used the scrub. I decided to use it on my entire face the second time. This cleanser effectively removes all makeup. My makeup wipes did not find any traces of makeup. I would avoid the eye area with this cleanser. This should be used after your have removed your eye makeup. I caution you…this is a not an appropriate product to use with a cleansing brush. The combination of the two would be too harsh for any type of skin on your face.
Prior to posting this review I tried this product several more times on myself and others and no one experienced any sensitivities or negative reactions.
Overall Review: Kate Somerville ExfoliKate Intensive Exfoliating Treatment is a very good, although expensive, exfoliating scrub for almost all skin types. Warning: This would not be advisable if you have Rosacea. Anyone with Rosacea should stay away from any type of abrasive products which can further irritate your already-inflamed skin. Please note that if you have extremely thin, delicate or overly-sensitive skin, this product may be too harsh for you. There is a gentler formula for sensitive skin that I have not tried. The next time I purchase this product I will try the gentle formula as it may be more appropriate for my extremely sensitive skin. Perhaps I won’t experience the mild burning with that formula. Also, I prefer an exfoliant without any abrasive ingredients.
This scrub is suitable for both women and men. My male tester did not find the scent offensive. He said it reminded him of sandalwood incense. Most men naturally exfoliate their faces every day by shaving, but they still need to exfoliate the areas they do not shave.
My testers with normal skin and dry skin really liked this and said they would buy it.
Exfolikate is suitable for the following skin types:
- All ethnicities;
- All ages;
- All sexes;
- Sensitive (not hypersensitive or those with Rosacea)
Morning Rating = 3 Stars;
Evening Rating = 4 Stars;
Average from Other Testers = 4 Stars;
Value Rating = 2 Stars;
Overall Rating = 3.25 Stars – Good +. (Please review the About 365 Cosmetic Reviews page for the rating info.)
Ingredients: Water/Aqua/Eau, Lactic Acid, Silica, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Pectin, Cetearyl Alcohol, Carica Papaya (Papaya) Fruit, Ceteareth-20, Cetyl Alcohol, Phenoxyethanol, Dehydroxanthan Gum, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Salicylic Acid, Lactobacillus/Pumpkin Ferment Extract, Alcohol Denat., Sorbic Acid, Cinnamal, Honey/Mel/Miel, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, Eugenol, Potassium Sorbate, Limonene, Linalool, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Beta-Carotene, Chlorophyllin-Copper Complex, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice Powder, Bromelain, Papain, Retinyl Palmitate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Cinnamomum Cassia Leaf Oil, Acetic Acid, Pogostemon Cablin Oil, Geranium Maculatum Oil, Aniba Rosaeodora (Rosewood) Wood Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil.
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